Nov. 8, 2011 at 1:12 PM ET
In the world of smartphones, it's hard to stand out, but the HTC Edge may turn some heads — not because of its looks, but because it's a first for the company: Under its mild-mannered exterior there is allegedly a quad-core processor.
As reported by Pocketnow's Evan Blass, which also has a photo of the device, the AP30 Tegra 3 CPU from Nvidia, with its four 1.5GHz cores, will power the device. While it would have two more cores than the recently announced Rezound, the Edge would resemble it with these specs: 720p resolution, 1GB of RAM, and a backlit 8-megapixel camera with a 28mm, f/2.2 lens. It would also come with Beats Audio pre-installed. But at 4.7 inches, it will be slightly bigger than the 4.3-inch Rezound.
It will probably also come with Android 4.0 (aka Ice Cream Sandwich), as HTC has recently announced several phones will have that in early 2012.
(There's no confirmation yet from the company, but we'll let you know what they say if and when they get back to us.)
Some dual-core phones out now include the Motorola Atrix 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S2 and HTC Sensation.
We're still scratching our heads as to what benefit a quad-core CPU would offer to a typical smartphone user. We can see where it would come in handy for a gamer, such as those who might like something like Sony's Next Generation Portable (later known as the PlayStation Vita). For the multi-tasker on a laptop, we can see how a quad-core could be an advantage.
But others aren't so ambivalent.
BGR practically heralded the Edge (not to confused with the U2 guitarist) as the second coming: "In fact, this phone looks like it will be the most powerful smartphone the world has ever seen, packed to the brim with cutting-edge tech."
PC Mag heaped on even more praise: "As far as smartphones go, this one is at the top of the food chain."
(If this phone were alive, it'd have an awfully big head by now.)
Mashable, at least, takes a more measured, cautionary tone: "The idea of a quad-core smartphone that’s as fast as a laptop in the palm of your hand is quite impressive. However, are people concerned about how smartphones are too slow? We’re not hearing that complaint nearly as much as worries about the nagging problem of too-short battery life."
What are your thoughts?